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> Is Iraq the next holiday hotspot?!
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post Nov 14 2009, 12:56 PM
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There's a British company offering package trips to Iraq for 2010 apparently...

"There are enormous things that can be done in Iraq, cruise ships into Basra for example with short tours from there," says Mr Hann.

"There's an Assyrian site, a Saddam palace site, but they require refurbishment, huge sums of money and a great deal of thought about how to do it for the best of the country."

For many travellers, he goes on, there is even an appeal in Saddam-era relics, such as his gaudy palaces, or the numerous vast sculptures of the former dictator.

"There's the added spice of the Saddam era, the wars, the political changes, the whole ambience of the thing really attracts people," says Mr Hann.


Iraq - Holiday Hotspot?!

I'm sure there is some awesome stuff there... I'm just not I'm sure I'm ready for it yet! What does everyone else think - would you go to Iraq right now?
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post Nov 14 2009, 03:36 PM
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I won't be signing up for any trips right now. But some day I would like to go. I really want to go to Iran, but that's not a great destination now either.

I do hope both these countries will be open for tourism in the coming years though. Fingers crossed!


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post Nov 14 2009, 05:41 PM
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I would love to see more of Iraq since I have already visited the Northern Kurdish region..... amazing people ad amazing sites!

Iran is also an excellent, holiday location and again the people are incredibly friendly and hospitable, almost completely opposite from what the media gives one the impression of. I don't know why one would say Iran is not a great place to go now ..... the main problem is being able to get a visa.

Given the chance, I would definitely visit both places again!
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post Nov 15 2009, 03:47 AM
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I'd love to go to Iraq and all the countries surrounding it and have wanted to for quite some time. So many historical things to see, it'd be awesome.


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post Nov 15 2009, 06:54 AM
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No, I don't consider visiting this country Sian at least right now.
Even the difficulty of getting a visa, shows that things are not yet so easy out there.
There are other destinations more attractive in the round area. And I don't have the least interest to see the treasures and palaces of Sadam Husein.

I would definitely pay another visit to the United Kingdom and Ireland,which I love, or visit China for instance, but no interest for this destination as yet. (See today's entry with the videos and 54 photos of Lefkara in Cyprus,.....and probably you would like to include that as your next destination). hug.gif



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post Nov 15 2009, 11:59 AM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Nov 14 2009, 05:56 PM) *

There's a British company offering package trips to Iraq for 2010 apparently...

I'm sure there is some awesome stuff there... I'm just not I'm sure I'm ready for it yet! What does everyone else think - would you go to Iraq right now?


I think the question is, is Iraq ready for the British package tourist? beach.gif drinks.gif beach.gif drinks.gif

Seriusly though, I think it would be a really interesting destination, but I agree that I'm not sure I'm ready for it yet either!



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post Nov 15 2009, 03:17 PM
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i am hoping to visit the kurdish part of norther iraq next week depending on the circumstances. is anyone else going at this time?
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QUOTE(kathryn77 @ Nov 15 2009, 04:59 PM) *

QUOTE(sianeth @ Nov 14 2009, 05:56 PM) *

There's a British company offering package trips to Iraq for 2010 apparently...

I'm sure there is some awesome stuff there... I'm just not I'm sure I'm ready for it yet! What does everyone else think - would you go to Iraq right now?


I think the question is, is Iraq ready for the British package tourist? beach.gif drinks.gif beach.gif drinks.gif



Haha, when you put it like that... Iraq will probably never be ready for that kind of tourism!
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Not in a million years!! crazy.gif


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I would love to go to Iraq, almost as much as I'd love to go to Iran.

Would I go on a package trip with a British company? Not in a million years.
Is Iraq ready for the British package tourist? Not in a million years..


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QUOTE(kathryn77 @ Nov 15 2009, 11:59 AM) *

QUOTE(sianeth @ Nov 14 2009, 05:56 PM) *

There's a British company offering package trips to Iraq for 2010 apparently...

I'm sure there is some awesome stuff there... I'm just not I'm sure I'm ready for it yet! What does everyone else think - would you go to Iraq right now?


I think the question is, is Iraq ready for the British package tourist? beach.gif drinks.gif beach.gif drinks.gif

Seriusly though, I think it would be a really interesting destination, but I agree that I'm not sure I'm ready for it yet either!


Is there an Irish bar yet?
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post Nov 17 2009, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE(danstravelworld @ Nov 17 2009, 03:55 PM) *

QUOTE(kathryn77 @ Nov 15 2009, 11:59 AM) *

QUOTE(sianeth @ Nov 14 2009, 05:56 PM) *

There's a British company offering package trips to Iraq for 2010 apparently...

I'm sure there is some awesome stuff there... I'm just not I'm sure I'm ready for it yet! What does everyone else think - would you go to Iraq right now?


I think the question is, is Iraq ready for the British package tourist? beach.gif drinks.gif beach.gif drinks.gif

Seriusly though, I think it would be a really interesting destination, but I agree that I'm not sure I'm ready for it yet either!


Is there an Irish bar yet?



laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif What like 'Paddy O'Hussein's'?


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post Nov 18 2009, 12:13 AM
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Your passport can't be "invalid" for travel to Iraq (at least I have never heard of that before) but more so you need a visa. A few years ago, to visit Northern Iraq, this visa was relatively easily obtained at the border crossing with Turkey.
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But does it not depend on country of issue? I'm thinking North America to Cuba isn't legal...?


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QUOTE(kathryn77 @ Nov 18 2009, 04:04 PM) *

But does it not depend on country of issue? I'm thinking North America to Cuba isn't legal...?


You are right, I think the OP is from Australia so their government could have passed a law making it illegal for Australians to travel to Iraq (I can't imagine they did this because I see no political purpose/gain). But this really does not mean the passport is actually "invalid" for travel there.
In terms of Cuba, it is illegal for US citizens to travel to, and do business with, Cuba although Canadians happily go there all the time.
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post Nov 19 2009, 02:57 AM
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As Brian said, US citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba or do business, but while there I met several Americans who just fly over to Mexico, and from there they can freely get into Cuba.
However I had the impression that recently there was a new law that US citizens are allowed entering Cuba. Am I wrong?


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Thanks Brian.

Yeah I remember when I was there, it seemed to be laughable to the Cubans when Americans 'betrayed their country' and came anyway laugh.gif I should have said 'Americans' in that last comment, as I realised Canadians were free to go

Popi, I'm not sure if the law has changed yet, now that Fidel's brother is in charge - I'd assume not, as I think he probably still has some hold over what's going on...but I could be wrong


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Will it ever get better ? I doubt it.
Probably it will get worse in the future.


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